Description

I've build this machine for gaming purposes with focus of small yet powerful and stable enough to overclock the CPU and GPU.

Case: Corsair Air 240 Ive decided to go ahead with a white 240, since its looks very good aesthetically in my opinion, and more importantly it has dual chamber design that helps in managing the cables in tight spaces. I've got no complain overall with the case, except for one crucial thing. The PCIE express slot uses a built in latch without any support to bolt the GPU to the case (Even the hole does not have any threads to bolt it) that makes the GPU hold only by the PCIE express, which makes the GPU angled a bit downward since most of the high end card are quite heavy by default.

CPU + MOBO: Great cpu for gaming while cheaper than the i7, and I picked the gigabyte mobo for its plethora of features(mostly in audio department) and also for the colour of the mobo itself matches with my red theme.

GPU A standard GTX 970. In the future i might add another or just get the new 1070 card that might come later in the year.

Cooling: I've decided to watercooled both of my GPU and CPU, but do not want to be bothered in custom loop set-up. Therefore I pick to use ID-Cooling 120L RED for my CPU and corsair H60 + NZXT bracket for the GPU. The memory and VRAM are passively cooled by custom heat sink, since the bracket does not match the design of my card apparently, but so far no issue whatsoever with it. By design The 240 R actually cannot hold two 120mm radiators inside if using a micro-atx, but one of the radiator actually fits into the top frame of the case and of the radiator I put it at the bottom.

So there you go guys my first gaming build in a small form factor. To be honest its more fun and challenging in building it though rather than building a tower pc.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great man I love the red, how's it performing with games?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, it performs great as I'm only playing at 1080P. Only Witcher 3 still trouble this rig. Lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this a pretty good pc for starters? Are there any problems with it or should I make some changes to it?

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you get the Mac Edition keyboard?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, well I've got a good deal from my friend mate for $50, so yeah just trying to save money. Its actually perform the same as the Windows edition, since you basically can configure it using the Razer software.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that AIO cooler? ID-Cooling will be releasing an all white 120mm AIO and I think I'll be going for it as its relatively cheaper. What's the performance like?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well its actually already released man, the white version. Its suprisingly very good for the price, i could get around 65 - 70c on 1.325 vcore. But the fan is very loud, change it to Corsair SP120 or Noctua and its all good

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Should I buy?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Well go for it mate if you have the budget, but you actually could save a lot on the cpu and motherboard if you don't plan to overclock. Get a i5-6500 and a decent H170 board and all set

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay man thanx

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanx

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did I reply?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What overclock did you get?

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

You should've gone with the R9 390, it performs better in games and its about the same price as the GTX 970.. But otherwise it's a nice build :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it does technically perform better.

Guess they wanted something that would use less power, AMD cards are a massive power drain. Or they just prefer nVidia. ._.

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Same here LOL. Plus the R9 390 is a rebadged card, something I'm not fond of. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I recently got the MSI R9 390.....

People say that the fact AMD cards run hot is just a circle jerk, but mine will sometimes run pretty hot, the worst being about 40-50 degrees Celsius idle.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason why the idle is high is becasue it has a zero fan mode. my is overclocked balls to the wall and doesn't get above 80C while gaming.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's weird, because the idle temp is usually around 40, but under load it rarely goes above 50.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah ... I say just wait for Polaris/Pascal

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah if you could see in the last picture, initially im going to use ASUS DCII R9290, as me personally used amd card for any build. But it doesn't fit into the case though, since its height its so long its touches the side panel, so 970 will do :)

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